Renault Aims to Kill Alpine
"It's a casualty of the [economic] crisis," Pelata was quoted as saying by the aforementioned source, giving us a glimpse into how the Renault Alpine plans may sound.
As mentioned, it may seem like Renault is already considering cancelling the model designed under the Alpine brand that was initially expected to share the same platform with the new Nissan 200SX. Renault sources said in early February that Renault-Nissan plans to cancel the 200SX concept, citing the economic recession and the altering market conditions as the reason.
In addition, Patrick Pelata also confirmed that Renault temporarily idled plans to move production to Chenai, India.
Renault is one of the French automakers that demanded support from the domestic government to continue its efforts in the green car sector and maintain its local operations. France approved in early February a 3 billion package to domestic automakers.
“We are very pleased with the loan granted to us by the French government. In light of the exceptional crisis impacting our entire industry, access to credit was indispensable for supporting our activity and that of the automotive industry. It will also enable us to pursue our developments and investments in sustainable mobility,” Carlos Ghosn, President of Renault, said.